An Introduction to Family Therapy: Systemic Theory and Practice
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An Introduction to Family Therapy: Systemic Theory and Practice

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The fourth edition of the bestselling An Introduction to Family Therapy provides an overview of the core concepts informing family therapy and systemic practice, covering the development of this innovative field from the 1950s to the present day.The book considers both British and International perspectives and includes the latest developments in current practice, regulation and innovation, looking at these developments within a wider political, cultural and geographical context. The fully revised fourth edition also contains new material on:EXPANDED Chapter 4 'Ideas that keep knocking on the door'-updated with applications of attachment & narrative therapy, linking these ideas to issues of developing the therapeutic alliance with familiesEXPANDED Chapter 5 'Systemic Formulation'- updated with a view of formulation as a core skill in many therapeutic models, and an alternative to diagnosisEXPANDED Chapter 6 '21st Century Practice Development'- updated to include cutting edge innovations in the field, such as integrative practiceEXPANDED Chapter 7 'Couple Therapy'- updated to include the more recent process and outcome research in the models, making link with current systemic practice and using more illustrative examples and highlighting how Relate has changed EXPANDED Chapter 8 'Research and Evaluation'- updated with a greater range or research methods and contemporary emphasis on evidence based practiceGreater focus on key family therapy skills throughout the book in the updated 'Formats of Exploration' feature in each chapterExpanded lists of key texts and diagrams, suggested reading organized by topic, and new practical examples and exercises are also used in order to encourage the reader to explore and experiment with the ideas in their own practice.This book is key reading for students and practitioners of family therapy and systemic practice as well as those from the fields of counselling, psychology, social work and the helping professions who deal with family issues, "The fourth edition of Dallos and Draper's book admirably achieves its aim of giving an overview of the field of systemic therapy from the 1950s to the present day, with a consideration of both British and international perspectives, taking account of the wider political, cultural and geographical context. Like its previous editions, the fourth edition of Dallos and Draper's introductory family therapy book will continue to be a valued resource for both students on family therapy training programmes and experienced professionals. I recommend it highly."Alan Carr, Review in the Journal of Family Therapy, December 2015
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Product details

  • Paperback | 488 pages
  • 171 x 242 x 26mm | 771.11g
  • OPEN UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4th edition
  • 0335264549
  • 9780335264544
  • 72,105

Table of contents

IntroductionExperiences of systemic and family therapyA family's viewTwo therapists' viewsWhat is the 'family'?The family life cycle Allowing the family a voiceThe organizing framework of this book Key texts offering a historical overview of systemic and family therapy Setting the scene - 1950s 1. The first phase - 1950s to mid-1970sCultural landscape Influential people and ideas PracticeCommentaryKey textsSkill guides2. The second phase - mid-1970s to mid-1980s Cultural landscape Influential people and ideasPracticeCommentary Key textsSkill guides 3. The third phase - mid-1980s to 2000 Cultural landscape Influential people and ideasPracticeCommentary Key textsSkill guides 4. Emotions and attachments as the driving force in family systemsEmotions and early family therapy conceptsAttachment theoryAttachment-oriented systemic therapiesReflections and summaryKey texts5. Systemic formulation and formulatingSystemic theory: Formulation and formulatingA case example of systemic formulation FormulatingCommentaryKey textsSkill guidesSystemic formulation6. Twenty-first century practice development: Conversations across the boundaries of modelsCultural landscapePracticeCommentaryKey texts7. Couple therapyCulture, family and couples contextsApproaches to couple therapyInfluential people, ideas and servicesTwenty-first century practice and service developmentsCommentaryKey texts8. Research and evaluationIntroductionWhy conduct research?Evidence-based practice and practice-based evidenceScience, research and systemic therapyEvaluation research: Does family therapy work?Therapy process researchFamily theory researchDiscussion and reflectionsKey texts9. Reflections 2015Current state of the artCrystal-ball gazingDevelopmental perspectivesReview and summary Integrations
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About Rudi Dallos

Rudi Dallos is Research Director and Reader in Clinical Psychology on the Plymouth University doctoral training course in clinical psychology, and consultant clinical psychologist specialising in therapeutic work with children and their families in the Southwest. He has written several books including: Working Systemically with Families, Researching Psychotherapy and Counselling and Reflective Practice in Psychotherapy and Counselling (all Open University Press).

Ros Draper is a therapist and teacher who has made major contributions to the development of family therapy in Britain over the last 35 years. As Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Tavistock Clinic, London, and the Institute of Family Therapy, London, she has worked in both adult and child psychiatric settings.
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